Create a little self-standing friend to celebrate St. Patty's Day using a recycled paper roll, foam, and chenille sticks. This little assembled leprechaun can sit on your child's desk as a homework helper, or on a shelf to celebrate the season and create a little mischief.
What You Need:
- Recycled paper tube (short)
- Flesh-colored tempera paint
- Green and pink foam
- Green construction paper
- 2 orange chenille sticks
- Black marker
- Low temperature hot glue gun (*with adult supervision)
- Mini stapler
- Lid (nearly twice the size of the circumference of the roll)
What You Do:
- Have your child paint the top half of the tube with a flesh-colored paint which will be the leprechaun's face. Allow this to dry.
- Roll the construction paper at the top of the painted paper roll for the tall part of the leprechaun's hat. Tape it from behind to hold it in place.
- Cut down the top part of the hat if it is too tall. It should be tall enough to look like a top hat.
- Have your child roll construction paper around the bottom half of the paper roll to create the body of the leprechaun. Tape it from behind and cut off any excess paper.
- Have her trace a circle using the lid on a piece of green foam and cut it out.
- Center the paper roll on the foam circle and trace it. Then, cut out the inner circle and set it aside.
- Have her place the cut out circle at the base of her leprechaun's hat. Slide it into place and put a dot of glue to set it. Or, staple it behind the hat to keep it from moving.
- With the remaining foam circle, have her draw and cut out a small shamrock. Then, adhere it to the front of the hat.
- Cut out two small circles of pink foam for the cheeks and glue them in place.
- Have her draw the face of her leprechaun, including a smile and eyes.
- Cut a thin strip of green foam and wrap it around the paper tube from behind to make the leprechaun's arms. Glue them in place at the wrists and cut off the excess.
- Have her cut out two small ovals of pink foam for the hands. Adhere them behind the green foam wrists and glue them into place on the body.
- Take one of the chenille sticks and bend it to create a tight corkscrew.
- Curve the corkscrew into a "U" shape and cut it down so that you can staple or glue the ends to the hat to give your leprechaun a beard.
- Using the other chenille stick, have her cut two 2" pieces and bend each one into a small oval shape. Adhere these ovals to the base of the roll to make the leprechaun's shoes.
- Give your leprechaun a face and draw an outfit using a black marker.